Carnegie PhD Scholar awarded Robertson Medal 2023-24
It was 1991 and I was about to graduate from Aberdeen University with an honours degree in Agriculture. I had specialised in animal science but I had no idea what to do with it. I thought of doing a Masters Degree in animal nutrition or a PhD but I could not find anything that really inspired me. Then I discovered that Glasgow Vet School was taking in a small numbers of mature students to study veterinary medicine and I decided to have one more go at my dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon.
I heard about the Trust when I went for interview at Glasgow vet school. If offered a place, I would get straight into second year because of my agricultural degree but I would have to pay tuition fees for my second year. I was going to be spending the next four years as a student again, so my finances were already going to be stretched. Funding from the Carnegie Trust really helped to give me confidence that I was making the right decision.
I graduated from Glasgow vet school in July 1995 and went straight into mixed practice in Staffordshire. Since then I have done a residency in veterinary anatomical pathology at Edinburgh University Vet School and for the past 13 years I have worked as a veterinary pathologist for NationWide Laboratories in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
Awarded: Undergraduate Fees
Field: Veterinary Studies